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Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Understands How Images Help a Back Pain Patient

“Seeing is believing.” That’s a popular saying. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation knows that Carrolltown back pain patients often want to see the source of their pain. (They believe they have pain by now!) Currently, imaging doesn’t always satisfy a patient’s desire to see the cause if it’s the result of an issue like chemical irritation when disc material is on a nerve root, so imaging can only go so far in meeting a patient’s desire to see what’s going on. But Carrolltown back pain patients can believe that their Carrolltown chiropractor will thoroughly explain to them the cause of their pain…and set a treatment plan to ease that pain.

THE GOOD OF IMAGING

Today’s imaging recommendations are all about reducing imaging exposure and cost. The concern of radiation exposure is being dealt with by careful examination of low back pain patients for more specific findings, reducing radiation dose and doing more MRI than CT. These changes in turn reduce the cost of imaging. (1) Recommendations today are to no do imaging for 6-8 weeks of conservative treatment. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has followed the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management which suggests holding off on imaging (in the absence of "red flags" which a thorough clinical examination finds) for 30 days during which time 50% improvement is sought. If 30 days pass without such improvement, imaging is ordered. These are win-win situations for Carrolltown back pain patients and their healthcare providers like your Carrolltown chiropractor most of the time.

BACK PAIN SUFFERERS WANT TO “SEE”

Other times (and Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation totally understands this!) patients want to “see” their diagnosis. Words and descriptions and drawings are one thing, but imaging is a lot more personal. When it comes to non-specific back pain, there is an added layer of curiosity as it’s “non-specific” and does not always have a glaring reason for the pain. The public and patients believe imaging helps determine the back pain condition. They are not alone as some healthcare professionals do, too. (2) That’s likely why patients and their healthcare providers like MRI and xrays.

MEDICINE AND SPINAL IMAGING

Interestingly, for years, medicine downplayed the concept of imaging for spine issues. Today, medicine is more and more interested in it. For cervical spine myelopathy, for instance, treating physicians depend on imaging to determine the severity of it. Specifically, a group of researchers considered the possibility that imaging helped visualize the relationship between lumbopelvic alignment and cervical alignment and resulting cervical spine myelopathy severity. (3) Imaging has its good points. Your Carrolltown back pain specialist at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation wants to be sure imaging is appropriate to the treatment plan for our back pain patients’ ultimate recovery and pain relief. We know that “seeing is believing” and respect what imaging contributes to the treatment plan when needed.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Dan Clark on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains how useful imaging can be for a patient’s treatment plan and final outcome of care.

Schedule your Carrolltown chiropractic appointment at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation to understand your back pain and its relieving treatment plan whether you can see the cause or not because you definitely already believe you have pain. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation believes in its relief. You can, too.

 
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation understands how “seeing [imaging – xray or MRI] is believing” works for back pain patients to see the source of their pain.  
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